Friday, November 27, 2020

Opinion

OPINION

Tow away

MSU should reimburse all students who were illegally towed in the years since 1978, and promptly alter the parking code to comply with state law.

OPINION

Clean copy

The administration’s proposed changes to the university’s copyright policy are justified and are being considered in a thoughtful manner.

OPINION

Dont blame other holidays

The basic flaw in John LaFleur’s diatribe against multiculturalism (“Retailers sold out Christmas to be politically correct,” SN 11/30) is the consistent and repeated misuse of the word “usurp.” Jews, Buddhists, Muslims, Taoists, Sikhs, Parsis, Americans who choose to commemorate their African roots, Wiccans, followers of any other religion, or even atheists, have no desire to require Christians to observe Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or Ramadan or to prevent Christians from observing Christmas by forcibly seizing the holiday and replacing it with their own observances.

OPINION

Month not only about Christmas

I am writing in response to John LaFleur’s column (“Retailers sold out Christmas to be politically correct,” SN 11/30). LaFleur seems to think Christmas was the original reason people have a celebration at the end of December.

OPINION

No need to bash other holidays

I was very disappointed to read the column published in Thursday’s State News titled “Retailers sold out Christmas to be politically correct,” by John LaFleur (SN 11/30). While I completely understand Mr. LaFleur’s frustration with the holy day of Christmas becoming commercialized, I don’t understand his need to blame other religious holidays at the same time of year for the increase in commercialism. There is no need to bash Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or Winter Solstice.

OPINION

Broken promise

The decision to extend Athletics Director Clarence Underwood’s contract was not the best for MSU athletics and breaks promises made by the administration and Underwood.Because the contract extension prevents a promised national search for another athletics director, MSU has limited its options for the position.

OPINION

Subject lines are important to U

News-savvy English nerds, editors and people who have read a newspaper can relate to one another when faced with one problem-filled component of newsprint - the headline.

OPINION

Reader changes mind on columnist

It is with much chagrin I admit to anybody now that not two months ago I vehemently supported and endorsed John LaFleur (“Scholarships bring discrimination,” SN 10/25) after his column concerning reverse discrimination in education and academia (“Racial discrimination is part of scholarship process,” SN 10/23). After reading what could only be called bigoted zealot tripe, I now wish I had known LaFleur’s true nature as a brainwashed fundamentalist months ago. In his recent opinion column, LaFleur launches into a rabid fury of Jew, black and pagan bashing (“Retailers sold out Christmas to be politically correct,” SN 11/30). His disgusting belittlement of Hanukkah’s worthiness to stand in the same month as Christmas is mind-boggling.

OPINION

Failing U

The number of nontenured faculty members may be high at MSU, but the university is not to blame. The Coalition on the Academic Workforce recently released a report that found nontenured track, or part-time, instructors make up nearly half of the instructors in many humanities and social science classes. For this academic year, MSU employed 741 part-time faculty members and 1,977 tenured faculty.

OPINION

Nader supporter proud of vote

I voted for Ralph Nader in the presidential election. There are many liberals who say my vote was either wasted or spoiled the election for Vice President Al Gore.

OPINION

Reader is sick of Backstreet Boys

I feel both the need and obligation to respond to Dallas Smoke’s letter, (Paper reviews unpopular music” SN 11/28). Let me start by quickly defending the CDs that did not please Smoke.

OPINION

Gore should not concede election

I very rarely disagree with “Our Voice.” However, I must disagree with the opinion that Vice President Al Gore should concede ( “Recountdown,” SN 11/27). Under no circumstances should he even think about conceding.